A missionary who lived in Africa for 52 years made these commitments, to help herself strive to be content where she was:
"1. Never allow yourself to complain about anything -- not even the weather
2. Never picture yourself in any other circumstances or someplace else
3. Never compare your lot with another's
4. Never allow yourself to wish this or that had been otherwise
5. Never dwell on tomorrow -- remember that it is God's not ours."
~ taken from Linda Dillow's book Calm My Anxious Heart
Hmmmm. . . how can we even try to keep those kind of commitments to ourselves? Only by God's grace! Let's rely on the power of the gospel to help us fight for contentment!